Here’s 7 Back to School facts: One for every day of this new week!
In the US, over $8 Billion is spent on back-to-school clothing, with another $2.5 Billion spent in bookstores. It’s no wonder why our Old Navy and Target in Waugh Chapel were packed with Moms, Dads and CES kids this past weekend!
Approximately 480,000 yellow school buses carry 25 million US children to and from school every weekday and drive 5.8 billion miles annually. So, Look Out Drivers — Yellow Frequently Stopping Buses are Back on the Parkway!
Pencil or Pen! Which is better? Well, the pencil can be used in zero gravity, can write upside down and even under water, and if you put a pencil in a box or drawer for 100 years, it will still write when your great grand-children pull it out. The pen? Well, it is mightier than the sword!
Boston Latin School, the oldest school in America, opened its doors in 1635. Five (5) of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence are graduates. They are: Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, Robert Treat Paine, Samuel Adams, and William Hopper. CES, is the oldest elementary in Crofton, opened in 1969.
Anyone worried about overcrowding in our schools? The largest school, in terms of pupils, in the world is the City Montessori School, located in Lucknow India. Set up by Ghandi in 1959 and opened with only 5 students, there are now 52, 000 students. In contrast, CES has approximately 685 students.
Crayola produces nearly 3 Billion crayons each year – that’s an average of 12 million every day. The most popular color? Blue — of course! Each of our kids, on average, will wear down 720 crayons before (s)he turn 10 years old. The remaining nubs can be melted down and recycled. Crayola even has a toy for that!
While Lucy van Pelt suggests Charlie Brown may suffer from “Pantophobia,” which is the fear of everything, the phobia is not actually recognized by the medical field (What can Ol’ Chuck expect for 5¢). However, 2.4% of children suffer from Didaskaleinophobia, the medically recognized fear of going to school. We were unable to find data on how many teachers suffer from this phobia.
Enjoy your Back-To-School Week. And be sure to mark your calendars for Tuesday, September 6th: Back-To-School Night —– AND, Wednesday, September 14th for our PTA Ice Cream Social and Meeting.